With Sheffield United slipping up at the final hurdle in the race for second place and Huddersfield Town having to settle for a play-off slot again the two teams meet tomorrow at Wembley for a place in the Championship next season. Sheffield United blogger Jak Veall looks at where he thinks the match will be won and lost.
This season everyone in England has sat up and taken notice of Jordan Rhodes’s amazing goal-scoring form with 40 goals in 39 starts and 4 substitute appearances, he will obviously be a marked man on the Wembley turf tomorrow.
The man elected to do the tricky job for the Blades will be Harry Maguire, a bright young home grown talent who has just over 60 professional games under his belt. He is a very smart young defender who on his debut last season managed to keep Craig Bellamy in his pocket and as a strong physical player is rarely beaten in the air and I believe he has all the credentials to keep the prolific Rhodes quiet tomorrow.
The second major contest will take place in the middle of the pitch between Kevin McDonald and Tommy Miller. Miller is a very experienced player and is of course the ex-captain of our Steel City rivals so he will have a point to prove and McDonald will have to be at his very best to keep him at bay. Meanwhile McDonald has been on fantastic form this season setting up and scoring vital goals for Wilson’s men. His immense strength and pin-point passing makes him difficult to play against and he has experienced winning at Wembley with Burnley against the Blades in 2009.
Another vital battle will be between Lee Williamson and Huddersfield youngster Jack Hunt. Williamson has had an amazing season so far after his serious health problems two years ago where he came close to death. He finished the season with highest midfielder goal-scorer and he can be a real machine when he plays to his best. However he will be marked by Hunt, a player with real pace so he may be able to cope with Wilo and he was named in the PFA League One Team of the Year after an excellent season with the Terriers. The winner of this contest may be responsible for sealing promotion to the Championship but I think if we can keep Rhodes under wraps we stand a great chance.
It will be a day to remember but whatever, win or lose, we’re the Red and White Army.
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